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Small Bar - Division

Not Rated.
Small Bar - DivisionSmall Bar - Division
very good

14 Reviews
Reviews: 14
Visits: 30
Avg: 3.94
pDev: n/a
Taps: 21
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2049 W Division St
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-7768
United States
phone: (773) 772-2727
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Place added by: beerinator on 04-05-2005

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Reviews: 14 | Visits: 30
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've been to this location a few times, with varying results...

After having dinner across the street at Jerry's Sandwiches, I stopped here for an event involving my friend's art around 7:30 pm on a thursday. "Open bar" for the event was limited to well drinks, so I opted for a draft Cane & Ebel for $6. The bar was crowded, but not 2-3 deep, yet 15-20 minutes seemed to be the average wait for drinks. Bartenders weren't talkative or especially friendly, but it was busy. Later we moved outside, and the waitstaff was more friendly and accommodating.

In the past, on slower night nights, this was a good place to have a craft brew and people watch on Division. Friday and saturday nights probably aren't the ideal time to visit. After work from 5-7pm the crowd is more manageable too. Nice wood panelling halfway up on the walls, a vintage look to the bar. They have outdoor patio seating, which is a plus when an escape is needed from the noise and smoke.

They occasionally have a draft Belgian, such as Chimay white, once I had an Urthel Hop-it here. Mostly craft options, nothing too out of the ordinary. 3F Pride & Joy and Lagunitas Undercover were also on when I went. They seem to rotate a few of their taps.

The fried cheese curds with honey mustard were good, didn't try the pizza. Quesadilla was just alright.

2008: This location seems to get limited brews in rotation often, and has a nice list that even has beer cocktails for the more adventurous. Still fairly loud and crowded on weekends, usually i'll just stop in for one after work.

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Photo of sfreshnock
4.65/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I have been going to Small Bar regularly since the Division location opened. It was my gateway to really knowing beer. I eventually moved to another neighborhood but keep coming back to my favorite Chicago beer bar. This is due to the quality staff and top notch selection. I would consider this a notable stop for any beer fan residing or visiting.

ATMOSPHERE: Soccer memorabilia mostly. I like the old Drum N Bass club night fliers on the way to the restrooms, brings back memories of younger days. Good place to hang out with your friends, enjoy good beers and talk. More a fault of the neighborhood, the bar gets crowded on weekends but seems to empty out around 12:30 am. Lately Small Bar has become my Sunday night/week day place due to the douchie weekend crowd.

QUALITY: All glasses are jet rinsed the moment the serve you and the correct glassware is used.

SERVICE: Well educated from the Bartenders to the Wait Staff. They will gladly let you taste any of the taps if your unsure from description. If you come often the Bartenders will recommend from your tastes. Most of My favorites were first sampled off tips from the Staff.

SELECTION: Constantly rotating taps of all styles. Large selection of bottles broken down by region. Not larger than Map Room but more than enough choices.

FOOD: Standard bar food. Exception made for the thin crust Pizzas.. they are tasty.

VALUE: Selection, Service and Knowledgeable staff keep me coming back. Drafts are usually in the $5 to $7 range. Bottles seem to vary. Expect to pay more for a bomber but you get the whole bottle.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place is small but very open in feeling with the exposed brick wall and yellow walls with a nice Chicago style bar. The chalkboard is packed with lots of beer names but the first three beers I asked for were out. One was a Bell's stout which I figured has been gone for a good month but it is still on the board.

The bartender handed me a paper booklet of beers that he said it was more up to date. It had some nice little descriptions of the various beers. They got rid of the cask to fit 3 more taps on the already large tap selection. I found it easier to just look at the tap handles to order but it was nice to read the menu while I sipped a fresh brew. The menu is typical pub fair but the fried cheese curd looked interesting.

There was a nice pool table in the back that was busy the whole time I was in there. The rest of the area is filled with lots of nice tallboy tables. This is a good neighborhood hangout and a great relaxed place to hang out.

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Photo of beerinator
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Small Bar in Wicker Park seems very similar to the one in my neighborhood. Both have solid beer lists as well as a full bar and food menu.

The draft choices are mostly regional craft brew, ranging from Three Floyds to Bell's, with special draft selections from othe parts of the country as well. This seems to be the more popular of the two Small Bar's, most likely due to it's location.

Even though this one is in trendy Wicker Park, it seems to have a different type of atmosphere than the other restaurants in the area. Small Bar always seems to be showing Soccer games ( or footbol if you are so inclined ) on the telly. Supposedly this is a good place if you are a soccer fan, but I just attended because of the beers. Occasionally this Small Bar will be the host to a special release party set up by distributors. One in particular that I was there for was the Victory Saison release.

The food menu at this Small Bar is similar to the food at the other Small Bar, which means pub fare with pizza and lots of great appetizers. I have only sampled the appetizers at this one, with the main appetizer stand out of the evening being the fried cheese curds! Oh cheese curds.

If you're in the area, this is a good place to stop by. Piece Brewing is about half a mile northeast, so you should stop here to replenish your energies on your way there.

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Small Bar - Division in Chicago, IL
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.